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Kerry Delays Return to US After Bicycle Crash

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FILE - In this picture taken on March 16, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry (2-L) rides his bike during a break in Lausanne.

FILE - In this picture taken on March 16, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry (2-L) rides his bike during a break in Lausanne.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will remain in a Swiss hospital overnight after breaking his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday.

Kerry was hospitalized in the Swiss city of Geneva in stable condition.

"The secretary had planned on flying back to the U.S. this evening, but after further consultation it was sensible for him to remain in the hospital for observation overnight for purely precautionary measures and fly home tomorrow,'' State Department spokesman John Kirby said Sunday. "The secretary continues to be in great spirits and active. He has done a range of phone calls including with the president.''

Kerry, who fractured his femur, will receive further treatment in Boston. A spokesperson said that because the injury is near the site of his prior hip surgery, Kerry will be treated by the same doctor who performed that surgery.

He was in Switzerland for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on reaching a nuclear deal before the June 30 deadline.

Those talks did not continue Sunday as originally planned, after Iran rejected a Western demand to allow site inspections.

Kerry had been due to travel to Spain for talks and then on to Paris for a conference on fighting the Islamic State group. A spokesperson says he plans to participate in the IS conference remotely.

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